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The Brand Demand Paperback – March 5, 2015
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"Warlight" by Michael Ondaatje
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I agree with a previous reviewer who said the first part of the book made it seem like it was about religion. As a Utah Mormon, I found it to be a bit harsh and not always accurate when reviewing aspects of the church. The LDS church has never invested in Coca-Cola, let alone distributed Cokes to people at church. (This was a rumor I'd never heard before, but Snopes.com addressed it.) The implication that the church's values changed based on its investments was insulting. The Mormon characters were mostly hypocrites, with Alice being a strange religious zealot unlike any I've ever encountered. She had an Emma Smith hairdo and wore long flowing dresses...sounds more like FLDS polygamists than 21st century Mormons.
I liked Galen's character a lot. He was taking a vigilante approach to righting the wrongs of the people he blackmailed, taking just enough to deter them from further wrongs. Bonnie's character was also colorful and enjoyable. Brand made the perfect bad-guy, manipulative and a total jerk. The situation with his ex-wife and Bonnie made it easy to hate him. The father-in-law, Carson, was also well developed as a rich man able to buy his way out of any problems.
I'm giving only a 3 because I had to get through a big chunk of the book before it got to the meat of the plot. If I hadn't wanted to give the book an honest complete review, I would have stopped reading well before I got to that point. I would give the second half of the book 4-5 stars, I just struggled through the first half, admittedly because of my religious beliefs. Those outside my faith will likely have no problem with it.
Unfortunately for Galen and crew the next target is Robert Brand. Brand is the son in law of a big businessmen who seems to be an easy target but things turn out a lot differently than expected. Brand turns up missing and from there on out it’s one action packed adventure. Galen meets Brand’s ex-step daughter Bonnie and ends up falling for her as the pair tries to uncover just what Brand had been involved in before they end up in jail for his disappearance themselves.
The book started a little slow for me but once it got going it turned out to be a great read. The ending was somewhat completely unexpected after all the twists getting there. As soon as you think you know who or what is going on there’s another angle tossed into the mixed.
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Awesome book and highly recommend it.